(Hopefully) Helpful Hint: Change the Past

Ever done a mass-photo upload into a Flickr album and found the pictures to be out of order — or out of the order you want them to be in? Maybe you uploaded the photos on different days from different devices, or the date setting was wrong on your camera. If this has happened to you, fear not. You can take control and get those pictures arranged just the way you want them:

  1. Log into your Flickr account on the Web, click on Albums and open the album you want to fix.


  1. In the row of buttons at the top of the window, click Edit (shown above). This whips you onto Flickr’s Organizer screen (shown below), which displays all the pictures in the album as little thumbnail images.


  1. At the top of the Organizer window, click the menu triangle next to Arrange (shown below). Here, you can choose from a few automatic options, like ordering the pictures in chronological or reverse chronological order. But what if the date in the actual photo file is wrong ? It’s time to change time.


  1. Double-click on the photo you want to adjust. In the box that pops up, click Dates. Enter the new date and time in the “Date taken” field. If you want to go through the album photo by photo, click the “Next item” button in the bottom-right corner to advance. You can also turn on the checkbox next to “Go to next item when you save?” to bounce ahead automatically.


And if you want to put the photos in a specific order, you can change the times to a chronological sequence here and then select the appropriate the “Arrange by date” option in the menu. While you’ve got it open, the Organizer window is also useful for batch work, like geotagging a bunch of pictures at once by dragging them into a map, adding tags, or automatically time-shifting groups of dates.


Once you get these pesky tasks out of the way, you can go out and shoot more photos to eventually organize.

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